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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb
This is quite simply one of the best books I've ever read. The book explains why the landscape of Britain is the way it is, and also talks a bit about the different sorts of plants that grow in different areas. The book relates scenery to the underlying geology, and explains how Britain has evolved. I'd have liked more colour photographs, but that presumably would have...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating but needs more diagrams
This is a fascinating book and a joy to read BUT it needs a knowledge of geology to follow it as there are almost no diagrams. Many of the photos are beautiful but did not explain the geology to me. For the student of geology it must be an exciting and interesting read explaining geology and landscape of Britain. However, for the beginner it needs to be complemented by...
Published on 5 Aug. 2010 by John Bugg


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5.0 out of 5 stars Over all a very good read., 3 Sept. 2014
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An interesting book on the geology of the UK, taking the reader on a trip around the British Isles. Looking at why the landscape is the way it is, how it was formed, ans what can be seen today.
Also personal snippets of the authors interest in geology add some light heartedness to quite a big subject. Over all a very good read.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful companion, 2 Aug. 2010
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Part a guide to the geology of the British Isles (including Ireland), part travel guide and part muse on the architecture of the past (and the inadequacies of the architecture of the 20th century and beyond) this is a wholly wonderful book. I am inspired to take a geological hammer, get in a car and go exploring. Sadly I live in China, but one day ....
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5.0 out of 5 stars great book, 11 Dec. 2014
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Hugely interesting and readable book. I knew nothing about geology when I started and still found it a compelling and enjoyable read. So many strands are woven together to bring what seemed, frankly, a boring topic (rocks? stone?) to life.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Could be better, 5 Jun. 2011
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I bought this with a great deal of anticipation, having read previous reviewss.

I've finished it, mostly enjoyed it and I now know a great deal more about the geology of the British Isles. But I found it frustrating as some of the geological processes described are complex involving three-dimensional movements and some diagrams would have been invaluable. Richard Fortey writes in detail to describe these processes but it wasn't till I consulted other texts with diagrams, that I understood to my satisfaction what was happening in, for example, nappe formation.

This book with diagrams would be a classic in popular geology
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 20 Oct. 2014
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very readable and full of fascinating detail
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5.0 out of 5 stars A good present., 8 Jan. 2015
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just as described. A good present.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good book but with some glaring errors, 8 April 2010
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Rather like Mr Fortey's book "The Earth" it would appear that he doesn't know his East from his West, which suggests he is looking at the map upside down or the proof reading is faulty, which as this is the umpteenth reprint surely can't be the case. The evidence for this is that he says that Glasgow is at the East end of the Highland Boundary fault and Dundee to the West, when of course it is the other way round. Now this may only be a minor issue but it calls into doubt any other "facts" that are presented here, no matter how entertainingly.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Slogging the footpaths, 17 Jun. 2012
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I'm amazed this book got such good reviews - in my opinion it is far from Fortey's best. He does give the impression of having slogged up and down every footpath in the remotest parts of Britain. One problem I have with it is that he keeps confusing the direction of the trend of the Caledonian rocks in the north of Scotland, which is SW-NE. Sometimes he gets it right, sometimes he says SE-NW! Also, there is rather more botany in the book than I want in a geology book. This gives the impression (probably correct) that Fortey is not really a geologist, but a biologist - that is, a botanist and zoologist - who has put his zoology to a turn in palaeontology (study of fossils) - not an unknown career path!

However there aren't that many popular science books on the stratigraphy of Britain and I found I was able to use some of the material in my own e-book, "The Armchair Geologist", so it is a helpful volume in that respect.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Journey in time, 20 July 2010
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Beautifully written account of the formation of the British landscape, although possibly running out of steam a bit in the last chapter or two. His philosphical and historical comments lighten the solid geology.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars, 21 July 2014
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